What’s now Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities was founded in March 1954 as the Arkansas Foundation of Associated Colleges. It began as a sort of “United Way” for the state’s private colleges and universities but has since evolved into an organization that also provides extensive governmental affairs and public affairs support for its 11 member institutions. In July 2019, Andy Goodman became the AICU president after serving as legislative director for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. The … …more

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Lyon students teach French, broaden horizons for middle schoolers

Lyon College

Lyon College French Club members started a French enrichment class at Southside Middle School during the 2020 spring semester. Katie Cruse, John Pruden, and Wilson Borkowski presented nine weekly lessons to a group of 20 students. “The purpose of the class is not only to teach about French,” Cruse said, “but also to open the students’ minds to diverse opportunities.”   “I hope the class will help them see further than Arkansas,” said Assistant Professor of … …more

Hendrix College Student from Conway Competes in ‘Jeopardy!’ College Championship Thursday, April 9

Hendrix College

Joe Coker, a junior at Hendrix College from Conway, Ark., will make his first appearance in the JEOPARDY! College Championship presented by LendingTree® on Thursday, April 9 (check local listings for show times and stations). Coker will face off against Beni Keown, a freshman at Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) from Evanston, Ill., and Xiaoke Ying, a sophomore at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, Calif.) from Arcadia, Calif., for a shot at the semifinals. … …more

Williams Baptist Launches Prayer Society

Williams Baptist University

Williams Baptist University is mounting a renewed focus on prayer, and it is calling on its supporters to join the effort.  WBU has announced the formation of a new group, the Eagles Wings Society, whose sole purpose is praying for the university and its people. WBU President Dr. Stan Norman led in the formation of the Eagles Wings Society, and the group has been formally approved by the university’s Board of Trustees.  The president said … …more

Ouachita students earn nine finalist honors in state NATS competition

Ouachita Baptist University

Seven Ouachita Baptist University music students earned nine finalist honors at the 2020 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. Over 170 students from colleges throughout Arkansas competed for a place in the final round of auditions, which were held at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., earlier this semester. Of those competing, 25 Ouachita students earned finalist or semifinalist honors. The competition is judged by member teachers of the Arkansas Chapter of … …more